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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

New survey: Voters see Conservatives as safer bet for the economy

Labour is winning the political battle over the cost of living but people trust the Conservatives more to secure economic growth, according to a survey for The Independent.

Prime Minister David Cameron poses the rock group Haim as they appear on the BBC current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show

‘That was for you, DC’: has Cameron got some new fans in Haim?

David Cameron has branded the Labour Party’s tax policy “nuts”, warning that it would drive business out of Britain and hamper the economic recovery.

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Israeli PM questions Iranian detente

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him

Conference Diary: Ed Miliband demands the right of reply over his denigrated dad in Daily Mail

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him. It is a right that  newspapers are understandably reluctant to concede, lest their columns be filled with nothing but the wailing replies from wronged politicians. But there again, it is unusual to attack a politician by going for his dead father.

C’mon Ed, back an in/out EU referendum for the day of the next election and destroy the Tories

Europe remains the Tories’ Achilles heel. Polling conducted by YouGov for Labour Uncut reveals that 1 in 5 2010 Tory voters have defected, with 60 per cent switching to UKIP.

Matthew Norman on Monday: What's Iain Duncan Smith doing running welfare?

Plus: Cameron remembers things differently, On election debates,  I agree with Ed, A fat lot of respect for poor Michael Gove

Tory Party Conference: David Cameron says Labour's tax policy would drive businesses out of Britain

Prime Minister also says he would look at state backing for niqab bans and consider pulling out of the ECHR, as well as defending his backing of gay marriage

1 April 1997: Tony and Cherie Blair on the steps of his campaign bus in Northampton, the month before he is elected Prime Minister. Shortly after, the Labour leader sprung on to a raised platform to wow the assembled crowd.

Ed Miliband is no more 'red' than the Tony Blair that won the 1997 general election

The Labour leader’s temporary freeze on energy bills is a fair and moderate step

Labour should be standing up for students - but it's not

The Labour Party Conference has been another damp squib, and Ed Miliband risks losing a generation of voters

It is not for Ed Miliband to get involved with Everyday Sexism and No More Page Three

Supporting these campaigns is merely a weak clawing at popularity, let's tackle politicians on how they will deliver real change

Former Labour spin-doctor Damian McBride; Gordon Brown

Damian McBride: How I lied to save Gordon Brown’s job as Chancellor

Spin doctor’s book tells of gut-wrenching instant he realised that the 2005 Budget had been blown

Ed Miliband’s conference speech played well in the hall… and Conservative party HQ

In his speech to Labour party conference, Ed Miliband answered the widespread pleas for policy substance with two eye catching announcements - a two year price freeze on energy prices from 2015 and a target to build 200,000 homes. Both were well received in the hall, but both will lead to some difficult moments for the party over the coming weeks.

Labour would more than double the number of new homes being built to 200,000 a year

Labour Party Conference: Labour ‘will build 200,000 homes a year by 2020,’ says Ed Miliband

Miliband to target housing shortage and  energy companies in conference speech

The shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will address the conference

Labour Conference: Party stands firm on Syria but claims it won’t neglect ‘global responsibilities’

A Labour government would be ready to send British troops into conflict zones even though Ed Miliband blocked David Cameron’s attempt to intervene in Syria, the party conference will be told on Monday.

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